Judith Olauson Tourney

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Judith Olauson Tourney
Through her 30 year tenure at University of California-Santa Barbara, Judith Olauson Tourney built a resume of academic and administrative excellence in the arts. While at UCSB, she helped found and headed the prestigious BFA Acting Training Program, served as a staff theatre director, directing over 60 productions, and, as a founding member, directed and performed with the faculty production company, Theatre Artists Group.

Tourney received her PhD and MFA degrees in Theatre Production and Design from the University of Utah and a BA degree in Speech and English from Brigham Young University. She is the author of the book, The American Woman Playwright, which is a survey of selected American women dramatists from 1930 to 1970.

Tourney currently performs staged readings, live theatre programs and lecture-demos for BYU’s Humanities Festival and the Museum of Art. She serves as a board member for Actors Resident Theatre Ensemble in Provo and as a producer and performer for KBYU-FM Classical 89 Radio.

She is currently an adjunct professor at Brigham Young University.

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